GPN Ready nurse blog – week 6

This week Jack* gets a well-deserved holiday to Barcelona!

We have teamed up with newly-qualified nurse Jack,*one of Health Education England’s GPN Ready Scheme nurses, to find out exactly what it is like to make the move from nursing student straight to GP nurse! Every week, we will be hearing from Jack* and finding out about his week in General Practice. This week, in a change from his usual blog posts, he reports back from his well-deserved break from work! Over to you, Jack*!

*name has been changed for confidentiality purposes

How has your week been? 

This week I have had an indulgent week sight-seeing in the sun in Barcelona. I feel that after speaking and working with a number of nurses throughout my training, they have said time off and holidays are the most important thing to prevent professional burn-out.

What have you mostly been doing at the Practice this week?

This week I have visited all of the tourist attractions that Barcelona has to offer. It was an amazing place, steeped in history and culture. Definitely a place to recommend to anyone needing to take a break from work and get lost in culture, that isn’t too far away from home (Yorkshire.) It also helps to beat the January blues and to get some sun and a change from the British weather!

Have you done anything this week that you have never done before? How did it go?

This week I visited the Sagrada Familia. What an amazing building with lots of colourful stained-glass windows, unusual architecture and a spiritual feel to the place. I have never felt so mesmerised by such a beautiful building. I love history and being able to touch and feel it is even better.

One important thing that you learned this week?

Holidays are the most important things in a career in nursing, allowing you to clear your mind, get away from work and spend some time to yourself with loved ones.

What was your favourite part of the week? Why?

Food, food, food!!! I have never eaten so much food in my life, eating lots of tapas, fine patisseries and drinking sangria! The key to my heart is definitely through food.

What was your worst part of the week? Why?

Leaving the beautiful cultural city of Barcelona and returning to cold and wet Britain. Although I am glad to be home…I am very much a home bird and enjoy my home surroundings.

What have you done this week to relax?

Despite having the week off and being on holiday, I have continued to develop my knowledge through reading health-related articles and useful books suggested to me by my academic advisor from the GPN Ready Scheme.

This week I also found out that I have been booked onto the Ear Irrigation course by my practice; something that I have always wanted to do. I enjoyed working in ENT and Oral Maxillofacial surgery, whilst studying as a student nurse.